Susan O’Donovan is Associate Professor of History at the University of Memphis. Her work focuses on the history of enslaved women and men, the Civil War, emancipation, and Reconstruction as regional, national, and transnational phenomena. Her first book, Becoming Free in the Cotton South (Harvard University Press, 2007) received the Organization of American History’s James A. Rawley Prize in 2008 for the best book in the history of race. She contributes to the Freedmen and Southern Society Project and After Slavery: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Emancipation Carolinas, and is a co-editor of American Nineteenth Century History. O’Donovan teaches broadly in colonial and nineteenth-century American history.